In two preseason games, the New York Giants are 2-0 and have score 37 points, but people are already worried if the offense will suffer the same setbacks as last year even under a new system.
Long gone is Kevin Gilbride and his rather "outdated" offensive system and in is new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo with the West Coast offense and, thus far, it's been a process for the Giants players to get accustomed to it (although the running game has been solid in two games.)
On Wednesday, McAdoo spoke about the team and the offense needing to take a "leap of faith" and learn to trust their instincts as football players because they have the talent and skills necessary to thrive and succeed in the new offense.
“We need to take that leap of faith," said new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. “We need to play fast, we need to trust our instincts. It’s a game of anticipation and [you have to] believe in your teammates. If you don’t do that, we’re not going to grow. You can’t be afraid to make mistakes."
McAdoo said that he's been reading all of the stories in the newspapers about the team having "miscommunication problems," but ultimately, McAdoo said it's just a matter of getting their timing down, which they're trying to do in both practice and in preseason games.
“We talked about seeing some things for the first time and how we need to get on the same page moving forward," McAdoo said. “I love the dramatic miscommunication articles out there, but it’s more timing issues. We’re on the same page on what we were going to do and when it was going to happen. … When you see certain looks for the first time, it’s going to be a challenge.’’
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shared McAdoo's sentiments about taking that leap of faith and said that the players need to find that trust in one another to move forward and make the offense work.
“You have to believe in what you do. You have to believe in the people around you,’’ Coughlin said. “Once you do that and have some time to work together, then you expect to make progress.”
The offense will get its third crack at trying to put it all together this coming Saturday night when they square off against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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